Though Fresno's Police Chief Jerry Dyer was originally going to just write a check to support ALS, he instead decided to get in on the ice bucket sensation and donate. And rather than just take the challenge in full uniform (like a certain superhero we know), the chief decided to take it off to feel the full brunt of the challenge.
For a change of pace, this is a post about bears of the Stephen Colbert "godless eating machines" variety.
Ian Bohman of New Jersey stepped outside his suburban home only to find a local ursimorph out for a stroll. While a bear in your neighborhood is cause for concern, this particular bear tried to blend in with the locals by walking on its hind legs like your standard bipedal human. So either someone is very adept at costuming, or World of Warcraft's Pandaren race are less a flight of fancy and more a plausible evolutionary prediction.
You can watch Baloo saunter down the street AFTER THE JUMP...
Our friend, the SF blogger Accidental Bear (aka Mike Enders), spent a week in Provincetown during Bear Week and chronicled his adventures, which included riding in the dunes, heading to Herring Cove beach, leaping into the water from Captain Jack's Wharf, cooking with friends, building bonfires, collecting beard tips, and biking down Commercial Street to visit with some of the purveyor's of the town's finest baked goods and t-shirts. All-in-all, a pretty perfect week.
With appearances by Brewster McCall, Frank Vasello, Jim Landé, Big Dipper, and Josh Patner.
Enjoy the town with him, AFTER THE JUMP...
Growl Over These 100 Hairy, Sexy, Blissed-Out Instagram Pics from 'Bear Week' in Provincetown: PHOTOS
Bear Week in Provincetown is underway and the nation's furriest gay crowd has come together on this glorious spit of land at the tip of Cape Cod to eat, dance, drink, romance, and share a lot of big sweaty bear hugs. We've rounded up 100 of the woofiest shots you'll find on Instagram.
Perhaps you'll spot a lawmaker, skin care mogul, blogger, or p*rnstar in the crowd.
Check em all out, AFTER THE JUMP...
And if YOU are at Bear Week in Provincetown come to Towleroad's coffee meet-up on Friday from 9-11:30 am at the Central House restaurant at the Crown & Anchor (247 Commercial) and meet literary legend Armistead Maupin and Joe.My.God blogger Joe Jervis who are our special guests, along with Andy Towle and Michael Goff.
And be sure to follow us on Instagram at TLRD!
We've been having an amazing time in Provincetown! Follow us on Instagram at TLRD where we have been posting some of our favorite photos from our Camp Cart at the Crown & Anchor and around town.
Headed here for BEAR WEEK?
Make sure to sign up at RSVPtown because we have a whole bunch of tickets and special summer books to give away, plus a deluxe Kiehl's gift box with a generous range of products perfect to groom all that fur. And everyone who signs up can stop by our Camp Cart and say hello, pick up a beach bag featuring deals from local merchants, our Towleroad 'Ptown Hacks' booklet, and a deluxe sample from Kiehl's. And have one of our Camp Counselors Patrick or Elliott take your photo with friends.
Sign up now because we're picking winners tomorrow!
Congrats to Towleroad readers Kenton L., Stephen T., Alan S., Colin S., Ross D., Austin D. Stephen S. James L. Steve N. Michael T. and Brad L. who won our giveaways last week.
ONLY AT THE CROWN:
Those who sign up at RSVPtown have a chance to win tickets to see literary legend Armistead Maupin tell tales from his years as a writer along with some readings from his latest works on July 13th or July 18th.
To kick your summer reading schedule into high gear we're giving away some of this year's hottest books.
This week's featured book is CARSICK: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, by John Waters. "A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo." We have five copies to give away!
We're also giving away copies of THE TALKING DAY by Michael Klein (Sibling Rivalry Press), THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and JONATHAN, a journal of gay men's fiction also from Sibling Rivalry Press. Jonathan is a journal featuring short fiction by queer male writers.
You are ONLY eligible for giveaways if you've signed up at RSVPtown and for THE WEEKS YOU INDICATED you would be in Provincetown on your RSVPtown sign up. All giveaways will be drawn at random from those eligible.
Celebrate Kiehl's in Provincetown with Kiehl's President Chris Salgardo at a special party on TUESDAY, JULY 15, at 2 pm at their new shop at 200 Commercial Street! The first 25 customers in line win a special gift card valued up to $500. With complimentary healthy skin checks, and refreshments. Chris will make a special donation! Don't miss it!
And if you're in town SATURDAY JULY 12, try to make it over to Sixty Special Gallery at 145 Commercial St. for the opening of our friend Tom Ward's show of Caravaggio-channeling self-polaroids from 1994. Reception is at 7pm and the show is up until August 3.
COFFEE MEET-UP WITH TOWLEROAD and JOE JERVIS of JOE.MY.GOD:
Join us for our weekly Friday morning coffee meet-up on JULY 18 from 9 - 11 am at the Central House restaurant at The Crown & Anchor Inn. This week's guest is our friend and fellow blogger Joe Jervis who writes Joe.My.God! Come meet Joe along with Towleroad's Andy Towle and Michael Goff and enjoy some coffee to start your Friday!
And thanks to David Mixner for joining us at this week's coffee!
BUT MOST OF ALL, HAVE FUN, BE FRIENDLY, AND FEED THE BEARS!
Drew Hamilton, a tech worker at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, recently shared an incredibly close encounter with an Alaskan Brown Bear at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.
The area is well-known as the world's largest gathering place of brown bears (there is even a webcam from which you can view it at certain times of the year), however, Hamilton probably wasn't counting on getting this close to one, even if his stomach may have already been stuffed with fish.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...